Charity grant gets villagers
Villagers in Grain will be learning how
to use Skype and Facebook thanks to a donation from mhs homes’
The £950 Community Chest
grant was made to UJ Community Partnership, which runs computer
courses entitled Access for All at The Old Chapel, in Chapel Road.
It will fund broadband connection and security measures for a year
to enable the group to offer the weekly lessons.
The classes are open to all
Grain residents who want to know how to send emails, use social
network sites and software packages. It aims to improve IT skills
for existing computer users as well as introducing older residents
to the benefits of being online.
Veronica Cordier, who runs
the classes, said take-up of places had been good in the eight
years the scheme has been going. She said: "It is very important
for us as quite an isolated rural community to have broadband
internet use in a central place in the village. Not everyone has a
computer at home and there are a lot of older people here whose
families live a distance away, but who can now keep in touch.Having
confidence in technology means people can use it for shopping,
contact friends among other things. "eeting together in a central
place also creates friendships within our small community. Without
this facility we would be lost."
Among residents who have
benefitted from computer courses is Pat McLaughlan, 69, who has
learned how to use video-conferencing facility Skype. Pat can now
stay in touch with friends in Cape Town, South Africa. She said:
"It’s wonderful, you can see who you are talking to and what’s
going on in real time. It’s a lovely way to keep in touch with
everyone. We have also used the computers to make Christmas cards
and all sorts of things. We would all miss the computers now if we
couldn’t have them."
Geoff Waters, chair of mhs
community charity, said: "We are really pleased to be able to
support this worthwhile project as developing IT skills is an
important feature of modern day living and we want to support
opportunities to make access available to all."
mhs homes Community
Community Chest grant is a funding stream open to individuals
and groups who encourage involvement in community activities by
providing projects in areas where mhs homes owns or manages
We particularly welcome
applications which support activities and services for children,
young people and older people. The results should lead to greater
community involvement, more vibrant and cohesive communities, local
regeneration and encourage residents to become empowered and take
an active part in their communities.
- New projects that are starting up
- Existing groups to expand their activities
- Organisations working with hard to reach
Anyone who would like an
application form can contact the mhs homes Customer Contact Team on